In the past few years the big cosmic picture has come into focus. We know (more or less) how the universe was created, where it is heading and how it will end. We don't (yet) know if there is intelligent life elsewhere.
He was a master of the flimsy trifle, but 100 years after his birth the best of them still flourish
Most of the men I know have had to think about a vasectomy. It's not always simple
The most successful rock and pop bands are no longer discovered playing in dingy pubs, they are created by agents and producers. And their target market is often children as young as five
Public schools are still at the root of inequality. It's political cowardice not to attempt to open them up
The Enlightenment idea of moral progress is under siege from all sides. But on the cusp of a new millennium, it is worth hanging on to the battered idea.
PAUL GOODMAN V JOHN O'SULLIVAN
Intellectuals have previously led Labour's reform of Britain, but New Labour uses academics only on policy detail. In return, those intellectuals scorn the Blair project
The "free software" movement was once considered a hippy relic of the pre-Microsoft era. No longer.
She is the reform hope for Indonesia, but she opposed East Timor's independence
The markets may not be madly high, merely reflecting the worldwide reduction of risk to capital
Eyes Wide Shut is as erotic as a crap in an igloo
The greatest director/composer partnership in Hollywood history fell apart